Introduction to the Trust

The Hampshire Archives Trust (HAT) is a member-led charity that works to support and promote Hampshire’s rich archival heritage.

We deliver this work by giving grants, through education and events, and developing local history networks – preserving memories for the future.               

HAT works closely with and supports the Hampshire Record Office in Winchester, the Southampton Archives and the Portsmouth History Centre which between them hold archive collections dating back over 1000 years from across Hampshire.

HAT is a membership charity and we welcome new members and offers of support from anyone with an interest in Hampshire’s remarkable archival heritage.

Our constitution sets out the objects of the Trust in formal language as ‘The Hampshire Archives Trust supports the preservation and conservation of Hampshire related archives, and promotes them for the benefit of the public and to advance wider knowledge and understanding of archives’ The Trust is registered with the Charity Commission as no. 294312

The Hampshire Archives Trust is managed by a board of voluntary trustees (see link below to find out more), with assistance from professional advisors and supported by our Patrons and Members.

The Hampshire Archives Trust has worked and continues to work with various local history and archival bodies. Its grants programme has enabled many projects to succeed which otherwise might have foundered due to lack of funding and support.

From the time HAT was set up it worked with Hampshire Record Office to develop a regional archive specifically for film and sound archives. In 1988 Wessex Film and Sound Archive was set up under the aegis of the Trust, and jointly administered with Hampshire County Council. With support from both organisations, as well as from others, including the British Film Institute, WFSA flourished and has become an important regional archive. Part of its success is the recognition that film and sound recordings are just as valid as other source material. For some years it has been fully integrated into the operation of the Hampshire Record Office. This situation was formally acknowledged when in 2019 HAT passed all management and operation of WFSA over to the Record Office.  Click on the link to find out more about WFSA. 

Since its inception, Hampshire Archives Trust has worked tirelessly to preserve and raise awareness of Hampshire’s rich and diverse documented past, its relevance, fascination and importance.


N J B Atkinson, Esq, Lord Lieutenant of Hampshire

Vice Presidents

  • The Earl of Carnarvon
  • Rt.Reverend Tim Dakin, Bishop of Winchester
  • Lady Mary Fagan, LG, DCVO
  • Rt. Reverend Christopher Foster, Bishop of Portsmouth
  • Mrs H F Hindson MBE
  • Mr J D G Isherwood CMG
  • The Earl of Malmesbury DL